The thyroid gland is a complex gland, requiring many nutritional factors for optimal function. The thyroid can act as a barometer of how your body is doing in terms of inflammation, stress levels, nutrition, and toxicity. Inadequate nutrient intake can contribute to hypo- or hyper-thyroid symptoms.
Symptoms of hypothyroid (slow/poor thyroid hormone output) include:
- Intolerance to cold
- Hair loss or thinning hair
- Weight gain or difficult weight loss
- Decreased libido
- Dry skin
- Memory or concentration changes
- Decreased libido
Symptoms of hyperthyroid (fast/excess thyroid hormone output) include:
- Excess sweating
- Weight loss
- Hand tremors
- Increased bowel movement frequency
- Irregular heartbeat
Thyroid hormone production requires a number of nutrients. It is also made up of an amino acid called tyrosine and iodine. The manufacture of thyroid hormone relies on mineral cofactors, especially magnesium, selenium, and zinc. Occasionally supplements are required to support healthy thyroid function, but most people can assist healthy function through a diet rich in nutrients.
Tyrosine – Protein-rich foods are the most abundant source of amino acids, including chicken, beef, turkey and lamb. Other food sources include hard cheeses like parmesan, roasted soybeans, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, eggs, and white beans.
Iodine – Sea vegetables are the riches source (wakame, kelp, kombu, dulce etc.). Other sources include iodized salt, beans (navy, kidney, lima, pinto), yoghurt, corn, beef, and eggs.
Zinc – The best food source of zinc is wild oysters, followed by meat, poultry, animal liver, pumpkin seeds, tempeh, lentils, and wheat germ.
Magnesium – Provided your food is grown in nutrient-rich soil, magnesium is abundant in spinach, Swiss chard, potatoes with the skin on, quinoa, peas, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, almonds, and flax seeds.
Selenium – Abundant in brazil nuts, selenium can also be found in poultry liver, salmon, chia seeds, greek yoghurt, and enriched grains.
If you suspect a poorly functioning thyroid, see your naturopathic doctor or medical doctor for appropriate testing and treatment.You can book in with me here. I offer free 15 minute consultations to best discuss your unique, individualized needs.
Hi, I’m Dr. Jenny Schmidt-White. My practice focuses on family health and wellness, healthy aging for men and women and optimizing fertility & hormone function. I work with you, within realistic and sustainable parameters, to find the root cause of dysfunction in your body and address it.